Sunday , 18 March 2018

Labour continues protest against Ikeja Disco, supply worsens

Power supply has worsened in Lagos and its environs as labour continued to protest against Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja yesterday.
The coalition of labour and other groups which blocked the entrance of the company since very early in the morning left for their homes at about 4pm.
One of the protesters said that labour would continue to distabilise the activities of the company until the management address many issues which have already been presented to it.
These included employment and wages as well as inadequate and unstable services rendered to consumers in the Ikeja and its environs.
The company indicated that supply of electricity has worsened as a result picketing of facilities.
Ikeja Electric which confirmed the development in a statement also condemned the action of the labour unions.
But the General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Union, Mr. Joe Ajaero said the people have the right to protest against poor services and other issues.
He said his Union was not directly involved in the present protest, but looks forward to joining issues with it in future.
The Unions, parading as Citizens Access to Electricity Initiatives (CATEIN), and working in collaboration with the Civil Society Group, had delivered a 15 point demand list at the Corporate Headquarters of Ikeja Electric Alausa, Ikeja.
The group which claims to be made up of artisans, traders, shoemakers and ironsmiths, had also included the immediate re-instating of the 229 separated staff, who did not scale through the recently concluded appraisal exercise, as part of their conditions which must be complied with in order to end the picketing exercise.
 However, no date has been fixed for hearing of the case in the High Court.
The Ikeja Electric had filed a suit including a motion for Interlocutory Injunction restraining the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), their agents, officers, privies, representatives or otherwise, whether acting of their own accords or in concert with other bodies, persons or unions, from disrupting or shutting down the operations of the Company or  barricading the entry and exit points of her Corporate Headquarters located at Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa, Ikeja, or any other premises or location where the Company carries out commercial and (or) technical operations.
The injunction had also sought to restrain the parties, their agents and representatives from restricting the free movement of staff, customers and technicians etc. in and out of all her business premises pending the determination of the suit filed on the 4th of April 2016,  before the National Industrial Court, Lagos in  Suit No: NICN/LA/228/2016 – IKEJA ELECTRIC PLC V National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), Joe Ajaero, U.A Dubagiri and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).




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